boundary bullies

Do you know any Boundary Bullies? These are people who want what they want regardless of how you feel about it. They can act in overt or covert ways to ram their agenda through. Interacting with them can be stressful and leave you feeling defeated and drained.

In today’s vlog I will be covering:

  1. The connection between your own blueprint or past experience with boundary bullies and whom you are attracting into your life today.
  2. The 3 Questions to ask yourself to identify the original boundary bully
  3. How to Stop the Auto Yes
  4. How to Create Clear, Concise & Consistent Boundaries with Boundary Bullies

Those of you who are familiar with my work know that the first step to changing anything is to try to get to the root of the original injury. Your boundary bully downloaded blueprint from childhood is where we begin. During your childhood, were you allowed to draw boundaries, disagree with the majority or say no in your family of origin? Did one of your parents or caregivers dominate the others in the group? Were you encouraged to assert yourself or would differentiating result in punishment? Chaotic family systems where there was abuse, addiction, neglect or extremely high expectations for children usually do not encourage or teach healthy boundaries. But fear not, you can learn.

After you have answered the Boundary Bully questions on the downloadable cheat sheet (below), you can move onto answering the three questions to gain clarity about any boundary bully you may have in your life right now.

  1.    Who does this person remind me of?
  2.    Where have I felt like this before?
  3.    Why is this behavioral dynamic, this way of interacting familiar to me?

You may be tolerating or attracting boundary bullies into your life because they deeply unconsciously resonate with you as familiar if one of your parents behaved this way. Understanding that now is not then and separating those feelings and experiences, will give you clarity on how you want to mindfully respond to boundary bullies now.

The next step in managing boundary bullies is to stop the “auto yes”. Learning how to say no when you want to helps you avoid complications down the road. To successfully get to effectively saying “No”, you can start by simply buying time by not automatically saying, “yes.” You don’t owe anyone an instant answer. If you are asked to do something that you know you don’t want to do, instead of saying yes and figuring out a way to cancel last minute, get in the habit of saying, “I will need to check my calendar and get back to you” or “My partner and I have agreed to keep Sundays for family time but thank you for thinking of us.” Eventually, as your boundary-setting skills improve, saying no when you feel no, will become easier and more natural. Realizing that you have a right to say “no” and truly believing that, is the foundation for successfully drawing this type of boundary.

Boundary bullies can be manipulative and crafty. They will play on your guilt and perhaps imply or straight up say how selfish you are for asserting your boundary or remind you of all they have done for you. Stay calm, state your simple request and restate it as many times as needed. Be sure to be clear, concise and consistent with your boundary language. Try to use “I” statements and stay away from shame, blame or guilt.

Remember that being in your life is a privilege. As you continue on your evolutionary path, you may outgrow some friendships, romantic relationships or even your job and that’s OK. Being discerning about whom you allow into your life, creates an intentional fulfilling life!

And ladies, please sign up here to receive your own Boundary Assessment and join our FREE Boundary Bootcamp Challenge crew. Our first FREE Q & A livestream is this Friday on August 11th @ 5pm ET. The challenge will run from September 1st to the 8th. Join us to become the Boundary Ninja you know you were meant to be!

Thanks for watching, reading, and sharing!

And as always, take care of YOU.

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  1. I didn’t realize I wasn’t setting tough enough boundaries with a narcissistic. This overt narc is getting angry because of the boundaries I have set. This has become very intimidating, manipulating, gaslighting etc…
    It is a volunteer working relationship at church. It came to the point as a revenge situation trying to ruin some work I had done. Because I have been setting boundaries and don’t want any more than a working relationship with this married man. The manipulation has become exhausting physically as well as mentally.
    I have told him I no longer need his help over and over again. Today was the last straw. A friend made it very plain to tell him again that I no longer need his help and that I had to redo the damage he had done on the project. Of course I was very tactful and sent the message by text. Txt is better than a phone call because it is in writing.
    I am still in disbelief at what he did. I am thanking you for your video on boundaries. Never give in to a bully for a moment or they will think it is ok to push the boundaries over and over again!

  2. Hi Terri. I stubbled apon your videos on youtube and I am thankful, I am seperated from my husband of 22 years for a year now who is an alcoholic and substance abuser, not sure if he is an underline narcissist as well. I am absolutely a codependent. I can’t pin point why or if my feeling of being unloved or unworthy or not being able to express my voice is even my own trauma or that of my mothers.I’m guessing a bit of both. I really didn’t even realize I had those feelings about myself, I have gotten really good at stuffing my feelings down and putting a smile on. I love the tips on setting boundaries, I really need them in my love relationships and I can see now that my go with the flow attitude may need some adjustment if I want things to change. My main reason for reaching out is I want to break this cycle and grow. I am a mother of now 2 adult children and I want to do this for myself and well my children will definately benifit too! Thank-you for sharing your wisdom.

    1. I am witnessing you with compassion and holding space for you. You are bringing a lot to the surface now and starting to look at all of that. I appreciate your courage. You may enjoy the free classes I am teaching which will help guide you deeper through this. I’m not sure which you would resonate with more, so here are both options. terricole.com/livesingle if you’d like to focus more on attracting new love or terricole.com/liverelationship if you consider yourself partnered and want to improve the relationship.

  3. I was I a relationship with a women that had so many boundaries she was closed off in her own walls needles. To.say it did not work.out it was as she will.see me when she felt like it and I was to just wait around for a call.back.or a text back I could.not even get a time of the day she could be available. It drove me crazy.
    She would.te.me.i .impatient I never experienced anthing like it how do you deal.with that.

  4. I need some truth, Terri. I feel like I’m drowning, and I have absolutely no one to turn to. My husband and I have been together for 9 years total, married for five with two small children. The entirety of our relationship my husband has been addicted to cigarettes. Maybe this is silly, cigarettes aren’t the same as meth or heroine, but it is causing a significant hardship on our family. Our children talk about smoking in the future, we struggle to pay bills and buy the simple necessities(food). He has cycles he goes through where he quits smoking, but starts drinking, we run out of money, he says things like “If you think about leaving me(I’m assuming this stems from his own feelings of abandonment and “failure” to support our family) I’ll take the kids from you” or “if you leave me I’ll find you and kill the person you leave me for”. Then he says he never said that or never would say that. Last night he asked if he could get some marijuana from a friend and pay him back after pay day. I told him there was no feasible way for us to do that, and be able to pay bills, buy food, and pay for my antidepressent. He got it anyway, and told me he simply forgot to tell his friend that he no longer needed/wanted it. I know this is long, it could be so much longer, and I know I’m all over the place but I need some guidance before I have a breakdown.

  5. Terri, I cannot being to tell you what a blessing these videos and pod casts have been.

    My fiance and I got engaged at the beginning of this month, and there was a particular member of my family who was not as happy with the way the event unfold. These videos have helped me think about my past childhood and realize some of her patterns when boundaries are crossed; even when my parents were still together. The road creating and enforcing the boundaries has only just started, but it is very clear something needs to be done to help our future relationship. Thank you does not express the magnitude of gratitude I have.

  6. I woke up this morning distraught over the treatment I am receiving from my son. He is using my grandchildren to control me by making me have only supervised visitation. Yet when I ask him (which I have many times) why I can’t be with them alone? He says that it something we have to discuss in private. But I have tried to set up dates to do just that and he is unavailable.It is going on 8 years of this torment and deception.I decided to take a look online to see if there were other sites on narcissism and that’s when I ran into your site. I find it a god-send. I was looking for clarification and guidance and there you were! Surely, I am blessed. Thank you so much for sharing yourself.

  7. I am a grown woman with a narcissistic father. One of my biggest problems is setting boundaries with him. Your videos are inspiring, but I have a specific situation that I need help with. My dad is extremely touchy feely with me. Always coming at me for kisses. I dodge him and he kisses me on the neck or cheek. Constantly trying to hug me, etc. It is nauseating. You would think by my reaction after all these years, he would take the hint. I just cringe when he comes for me every time I pull in the driveway or get ready to leave after visiting. How do I put a stop to it??

    1. Melissa,
      Hinting seems to be ineffective. Next time you go say you don’t feel well and don’t want to get him sick to start a new pattern of him NOT mauling you. Next time step back after an appropriate greeting (whatever feels good to you) and if he goes to kiss you again or hug you physically move away and say please stop. The less you fall into line with what he wants and take control of the situation the less powerless you will be and feel, to control what happens. Thank you for sharing here!

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